A Friendly Reminder

Consider this your one-week warning. In seven days — at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, to be exact — the River City Books fiction book club will meet to discuss The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

see.jpg“Snow Flower” has received rave reviews. The story’s set in nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, and it’s about a young girl named Lily, who is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, nnow flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

If you haven’t read this mesmerizing book yet, there’s still time. Time to get cracking!

Don’t forget: Book club members receive discounts on selected books.

For more information about the RCB fiction book club, contact Sue at 507-646-7754 or sdemalig@acs.carleton.edu

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